What expression did Madame Tussauds choose to embalm on my face? Impassive Leia/ me. Staring stoically into the future with Jabba the Hutt giggling peacefully behind me. Why shouldn’t he giggle? What’s he got to worry about? Surely not his weight. He’s big boned or no boned. He could do with some toning, but why bother? With impassive, sweaty-looking me as his slave and that annoying little rat in drag to amuse him, he’s got a great life. One that Leia and I hope/plan to put an end to very shortly” – The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
Initial thoughts: When I was about four years old, my parents decided that it was a great time to expose me to Star Wars. I became a fanatic during my childhood. I even made my own Princess Leia costume (minus all the sewing). I even began wearing my hair in the Princess Leia style with the two cinnamon rolls attached to my head a month before Halloween… Oh, what was I thinking… But, I did not know the person behind Princess Leia. Carrie Fisher, to me, was just another actress. It was only, unfortunately, when she passed away that I became interested in finding out who Carrie Fisher was.
When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.” – Goodreads
So, as I had mentioned, I grew up as a Star Wars fan. I watched the movies so many (too many) times. Today, the latest Star Wars movie will be out in theatres, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. When I had seen The Force Awakens nearly two years ago. I remember at the end of the movie, I found myself gazing longingly at the ending credits. What! I will have to wait another two years! Noooooooo! Somehow, two years has flown by rather fast.
It is rare that I will become interested in an actor outside of their movie. I may enjoy an actor’s work, but I am not one to learn all about them and fill my head with the names of their favorite pets. When Carrie Fisher passed away, I remember reading a quote she had said in response to how much she had changed since she was in the initial Star Wars movies….
Please stop debating about whether or not I’ve aged well. Unfortunately, it hurts all 3 of my feelings. Youth and beauty are not accomplishments. They are temporary, happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, someone else might have given a ****” – Carrie Fisher, NBC Today Show, December 2015
After reading this, I was extremely happy to hear a celebrity addressing the masses that beauty doesn’t last. What drew me to Carrie Fisher was her honesty, which is found in abundance in her last book The Princess Diarist.
The Princess Diarist is not about what it was like to be on the set of Star Wars. Instead, it is a coming-of-age autobiography with some journal excerpts about Carrie Fisher’s relationship with Harrison Ford. Believe it or not, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher had an affair while shooting the first Star Wars movie! My inner fan girl grinned. But, the reality of “Carrison” wasn’t all smiles and rainbows. Harrison Ford was thirty-four, and married with two kids. Meanwhile, Carrie was only nineteen trying to cope with romantic feelings for her emotionally unavailable co-star.
One of the things that shocked me while reading her autobiography was that Star Wars was just initially a low-budget space film. It is hard to believe since the latest movie, had a budget of over 300 million dollars! Way back when, all the major actors were nobodies who lived in cheap apartments to lower the cost of film production. I couldn’t imagine Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil or Carrie Fisher, eating together in some sort of London restaurant without anyone bombarding them for autographs.
The autobiography itself is very well-written. Fisher is no stranger to writing books, and it definitely shows. Her voice shines through in every sentence. Her humor made me chuckle out loud. I love how she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Even though she is a cultural icon, and the first crush of many young boys, the fame has not gone to her head. Instead, she remains impressively honest, and she doesn’t hold back how she feels.
This was a great quick read which I would definitely recommend to any young woman whether she is a Star Wars fan or not. Although the book seems to be about Star Wars, it is really about a young woman’s struggle to find herself, which anyone can connect to.
About the Book Title: The Princess Diarist Author: Carrie Fisher Series: N/A Year Published: 2016 Pages: 189 Genres & Subjects: Non-fiction, autobiography, memoir, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars, Princes Leia
Until Next Time,